Tourism industry leaders will propose a $10 fee for visitors from England, France, Germany and 24 other "visa waiver countries" -- money that would be spent to promote travel to the United States and to pay for ways to ease border inspection bottlenecks, it was announced Friday.
Dear Annie: My husband and I own three bakeries specializing in decorated cookies and custom-made gingerbread houses, and we do a huge business during the holiday season. Last year we managed to squeak by with just our usual staff working overtime, but this year I think we really need to hire some extra employees to handle the rush. The thing is, I would feel more comfortable if we had background checks run on the temporary hires, as we do on applicants for regular permanent jobs, but my husband says it's an unnecessary expense, since any seasonal employees will be closely supervised by our regular staff (including us). What is your opinion? -Seeking Santa's Helpers